world : Oklahoma court rejects Tulsa Massacre survivors suit

world : Oklahoma court rejects Tulsa Massacre survivors suit
world : Oklahoma court rejects Tulsa Massacre survivors suit

Thursday 13 June 2024 02:48 AM

Nafeza 2 world - The plaintiffs had brought their case under Oklahoma's public nuisance law, arguing that the violence and destruction wrought on the "Black Wall Street" area more than a century ago continues to resonate today.

The Tulsa County sheriff, county commissioners and the Oklahoma Military Department were named as defendants in the suit.

In its Wednesday ruling, the state's top court sided with Tulsa officials in arguing that the plaintiffs' grievances did not entitle them to compensation.

“With respect to their public nuisance claim, though Plaintiffs' grievances are legitimate, they do not fall within the scope of our State's public nuisance statute,” the court wrote.

In doing so, the nine-judge bench affirmed a lower court judge's identical ruling last July.

The judge concluded that “simply being connected to a historical event does not provide a person with unlimited rights to seek compensation”.

The city of Tulsa said in a statement that it “respects the court’s decision and affirms the significance of the work the City continues to do in the North Tulsa and Greenwood communities”.

The city added that it remains committed “to working with residents and providing resources to support” these communities.

No one has ever been held responsible for the violent events of 31 May 1921.

In addition to the 300 estimated deaths, thousands of black residents were assaulted, arrested and left homeless.

This case is likely the final opportunity for Ms Fletcher and Ms Randle to receive compensation over the Tulsa Race Massacre.

“There is no going to the United States Supreme Court. There is no going to the federal court system. This is it,” their attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons previously argued in a legal brief.

After Wednesday's ruling, the legal team representing Ms Fletcher and Ms Randle said they plan to file a petition for the Oklahoma Supreme Court to rehear the case and reconsider their decision.

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